From the beginning of time, God desired for the people of this world to have everything we need to survive and live an abundant life. In Genesis 2, we see the creation of man, woman and the Garden of Eden. After God made Eve for Adam, there is not any mention of lack in this chapter. But after a while, Adam and Eve fall into the deception that will lead people away from God for generations. Does this mean God’s vision for us to have an abundant life changed? Not at all. If we look at John 10:10, the son of God, Jesus, speaks of the abundant life we are granted.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NASB)
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word abundance? If I am being honest, my mind automatically goes to money. This is not a bad thing, but I think it is important for us to remember that abundance is not always equivalent to money. In order to get a better picture, let’s look at the definition of abundance.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, abundance is a relative degree of plentifulness, affluence, wealth and an ample quantity. From this definition, we can see abundance can be present in many forms not limited to money. We can also have abundant joy, love, peace, self-care, etc. So, even if abundance in the form of money is what we want, sometimes this form is not exactly what we need at a particular moment.
Abundant love, joy, peace, and other forms show up at different points in our lives when money can not fulfill the lack we may be experiencing. For instance, imagine a child who wants to eat candy as a snack all the time, but is given carrots in abundance instead because it’s a better, more sustainable choice. In this same way, God gives us the right form of abundance exactly when we need it to sustain us. God’s desire for us to live an abundant life is good because He is fully aware of the many forms of abundance we need in every area of life.
Even though God desires for us to live abundantly, there are troubles, challenges and difficult circumstances that can sometimes prevent us from feeling as if we can have the abundant life we desire. Maybe it’s a job loss or an unexpected setback, not having rent money or being denied after a job interview. The list never seems to stop.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
In the scripture above, Jesus acknowledges the troubles we are bound to have in this world. He does not disregard our troubles or push them to the side. In other words, Jesus is saying that even as we go through troubles in life, it is important for us to remain hopeful and press through because He has conquered every struggle we face.
Jesus’ life on Earth, death on a cross and resurrection from the grave, symbolize the freedom we can have in knowing that nothing can destroy us or prevent us from the abundant life God designed for us since the beginning of time. Abundance first begins in the mind, so when we choose to believe in our hearts and minds that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, we are able to acknowledge that God never intended for us to keep a mindset of lack. Abundance is already something we have through Christ Jesus. When we stay connected to God through prayer and continue to trust that He will lead us down the right path, doors of abundance will be opened in our lives for others to see what God is doing through our lives.
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